Athletics
Alpine

Alpine Winter & Summer Camps

CVA Winter Camps are for alpine athletes looking to gain extra time on snow, train on world class courses and experience life at Carrabassett Valley Academy and its facilities. The camps offer drills, gate training, video analysis, school work monitoring and much more.  We typically offer long weekend and week-long day and boarding camps throughout the winter.

Summer Camps include a variety of camps including Mammoth, Mt. Hood, France and others. A great way to improve your skills and have fun over the summer.

Custom Camps: If you'd like to bring your group to Sugarloaf to work with our coaches, we'd be happy to talk with you about creating a custom camp.  Contact Erin Whipple at ewhipple@gocva.com for more information.

Winter Camps for Alpine Racers

Alpine Pre-Holiday Camp - December 21-22
Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine

Get ready for the 2021-22 season at Sugarloaf with CVA’s Pre Holiday camp. The camp will be based on slalom and giant slalom technical and tactical fundamentals as well as comprehensive work with the Skills Quest program from US Ski & Snowboard. Daily video, a 6/1 athlete/coach ratio and individualized evaluations will provide campers with a solid framework to start the season. 

This Camp is open to U12 – U16 athletes.

Athletes should arrive dressed for inclement weather conditions. They should pack a water bottle, mask, lunch and snacks. Sugarloaf passes are not included. If your athlete needs Sugarloaf lift tickets for this camp, they can be ordered in the registration process.

Typical Daily Schedule:
  • 8:00am - Camper drop off at Competition Center
  • 8:45am - Meet at the base of Skidway chair ready to train
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Morning Session
  • 11:00am - 11:45am Lunch (families provide lunch)
  • 11:45am - 2:30pm Afternoon Session
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm Wrap Up, Video links, Equipment check
  • 3:00pm - Parent Pick-up at Competition Center
FMI: Ron Bonnevie, 207-491-7134 or rbonnevie@gocva.com

Athletically, these sessions will cover a comprehensive technical progression of alpine skiing skills incorporating the US Ski & Snowboard Skills Quest program. In addition, there will be slalom and GS drill courses & race preparation gate training, in coordination with the CVA full time & winter term U14 athletes & coaches. Daily video review, warm up routines and goal setting are all important elements that will be part of this experience. Coaches will also work with the athletes to help them learn the basics of ski tuning maintenance & waxing, and will coordinate with parents when base resurfacing is necessary. On the weekends during the session athletes will join the CVA weekend program groups for training as scheduled by the U14 coaching staff with consideration to rest and recovery for these young athletes.

Alpine Training Days
January 7th and 14th, February 4th and 11th, March 4th, 2022

Gain extra time on snow and improve your performance and confidence by skiing in our Friday Training Day groups. This is an opportunity for our weekend program athletes and others to train additional Fridays throughout the season and gain extra time on the hill in a mid-week training group environment. These training days are open to all U10-U16 athletes.

Deadline to register is noon on Wednesday prior to that week's training Friday. In order for coaches to provide the best training and experience to the athletes, proper planning and scheduling must be made. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Register Below:

Typical Daily Schedule
:
9:15 - Meet at the base of the Skidway chair dressed ready to ski
9:30-11:30 - Technical skills session
11:30-12:15 - Lunch(families provide athletes lunch)
12:15-2:30 - Gate training session
2:45 - Wrap up at comp center
3:00 - Pick up at comp center
FMI: Ron Bonnevie at rbonnevie@gocva.com or 207-491-7134

At Arapahoe Basin/Loveland in Colorado November 6-14

For U12/U14 athletes currently enrolled with the Academy, but may be opened to others if space is available.  Read more (registration is full)

2021 5th & 6th Grade Immersion Session
 
CVA is offering 2 Immersion Program Sessions. The 1st Session will run from November 29 – December 3 and the 2nd Session from December 13 – December 17, 2021.
 
The objective of these sessions are to give 5th & 6th grade athletes the ability to become more familiar with the CVA experience and to help transition from the CVA Weekend Program to CVA for winter term the following year if the experience fits for the family and the athletes. This program will focus on fundamentals and provide an opportunity for aspiring athletes to get more miles on snow early in the season. Because we are only accepting 11 athletes per session, we encourage you to register early!
 
The Immersion athletes will become fully immersed in the CVA community. They will bring their academic work from their home schools and will be supported by CVA tutors during the academic blocks.
 
Athletically, these sessions will cover a comprehensive technical progression of alpine skiing skills incorporating the US Ski & Snowboard Skills Quest program. In addition, there will be slalom and GS drill courses & race preparation gate training, in coordination with the CVA full time & winter term U14 athletes & coaches. Daily video review, warm up routines and goal setting are all important elements that will be part of this experience. Coaches will also work with the athletes to help them learn the basics of ski tuning maintenance & waxing and will coordinate with parents when base resurfacing is necessary. On weekends, during the session, athletes will join the CVA Weekend Program groups for training as scheduled by the U14 coaching staff with consideration to rest & recovery for these young athletes.
 
A Typical Mid-week Schedule (program will run Monday through Friday)
8:50am Drop off ski gear at the Capricorn building, then campers walk to the Academic Center.
9:00 - 12:00 Academic time with tutor in the CVA Academic Center
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch & school meeting in the Capricorn building dining room    
1:00 - 4:00 Load CVA vans for Competition Center & Ski Training
4:15 Parent pick up at the CVA Capricorn Building, ski gear may be kept at the Capricorn daily.
Ski storage - Campers should store their skis in the Capricorn Building, Location TBD.
 
Communicating the schedule -The daily schedule during the school week will be communicated by the U14 coaching staff via Team App for the Immersion group each afternoon prior to training. If there are athletes who do not have a cell phone, parents will need to be on top of communicating the training plans to the kids. They will also need to be part of the Team App for their respective weekend training group for the weekend’s schedule. 
 
Register for Session 1 Here: November 29 - December 3, 2021  No longer accepting applications
Register for Session 2 Here: December 13 - December 17, 2021 Session Full
 
FMI:
Ron Bonnevie at rbonnevie@gocva.com (207) 491-7134
Jeni Conover at jconover@gocva.com (207) 542-4903

 
Custom Camps
If your team would like to train with CVA coaches at Sugarloaf, please talk with us about creating a custom camp. Click here for more

For more information
Questions about summer camps may be directed to Sean Chatellard.

Summer camps for alpine racers

Recently held at CVA in July: Big Dog Development Camp in Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Skiers & snowboarders had their choice of developing individual goals on the trampolines, in the skatepark, in the weight room or in the gym while enjoying a fun and supportive team environment with CVA’s world-class coaches. Over the four days, campers improved their strength, power, agility, endurance, balance and overall athleticism, the keys to long-term sporting success.  
Mornings were dedicated to skill development within a customized focus, and afternoons were spent exploring and playing in the area around Carrabassett Valley.  Afternoon activities included swimming, biking, hiking and field games including soccer, kick ball and disc golf.
View the camp photo album here https://photos.app.goo.gl/69enzsnFmLpoNv4Y8 
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Recently held at Big Snow Indoor Slalom Park in New Jersey July 6-8
U14 Alpine athletes took their on-snow training indoors - yes indoors - during a recent summer session at Big Snow American Dream.  This facility is North America’s first and only indoor, real-snow, year-round ski and snow resort.
The focus of the 3-day session was to improve athletes timing of a slalom pole touch and develop the balance needed to make carved 1 ski turns. Due to the layout of the park, athletes were able to spend lots of time on-task on consistent snow surfaces, making about 20 runs in a 2 hour session, resulting in tremendous progress.  
When they weren’t in the snow park, coaches brought athletes outside for Rollerblade training and conditioning drills.  They also enjoyed the spectacle of the incredible American Dream complex.

Upcoming: Laangraff, Holland in August 
This trip will be for U16/19 athletes currently enrolled with the Academy, but may be opened to others if space is available.

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    Sean Chatellard 

    Alpine Program Director / Head Men's Coach
    207-692-3128